In fire-affected areas, surviving wildlife will be disoriented, smoke-affected, hungry and severely dehydrated. Many animals will likely to be suffering burns to some degree.
Wildlife may also be displaced by fires and wander into populated areas. Residents can place containers or water above ground in a safe and shady area to assist stressed wildlife in fire-affected areas
Following any bushfire, DEPI will undertake assessments, monitor wildlife recovery and assist in restoration of their habitats.
Wildlife rescue teams are on stand-by to assist in fire-affected areas to treat wildlife. Individuals encountering sick, injured or orphaned wildlife should contact their local wildlife shelter.
This information applies to native wildlife affected by fires only.
Wildlife welfare after bushfires
Information for wildlife rescue volunteersDEPI and CFA in conjunction with volunteer wildlife rescue groups and carers, have developed a set of protocols for working together at fires to ensure that wildlife rescuers have access to fire grounds as soon as practicably possible to assist injured wildlife, and that they remain safe during recovery operations.
Wildlife rescue groups and volunteers should ensure that they are familiar with these protocols, have the appropriate training and safety gear when attending all fire areas and have contacted DEPI or CFA before entering any fire area.
Wildlife rescue volunteers working with DEPI must have successfully completed the National Short Course titled ‘Course in Basic Wildfire Awareness’ or the CFA equivalent, have a current Wildlife Shelter permit, Foster Carer authorisation or veterinary qualifications, or be accompanied by someone who does; and wear and use DEPI-approved personal protective equipment (PPE).
Irrespective of whether an individual meets the above minimum requirements, all volunteers involved in wildlife rescue operations may only enter the fireground with the approval of the Incident Controller.
Wildlife protocols and documents
A summary document highlighting the key information for Wildlife Volunteers wishing to assist during bushfire incidents.
PPE Price List for Wildlife Volunteers
PPE price list for Wildlife Volunteers (accessible version)
An indicative price list for the Personal Protective Equipment that volunteers are required to have before entering a fireground.
No ABN form .
A form for volunteers wishing to purchase Personal Protective Equipment who do not have an ABN.